The state health services have no ambulance capable of carrying a person weighing more than 181.2 kilos, the health ministry said Thursday after it was reported that an ambulance had refused to carry an overweight patient from Larnaca hospital to Nicosia.
A statement released on Thursday said the doctor on duty at Larnaca general hospital had asked the ambulance service to carry a morbidly obese patient to Nicosia general hospital where an intensivist would assess his condition.
“The patient in question was over 200 kilos and it was impossible to transport him on the ambulance gurney,” the ministry said.
According to the specifications, the ambulances can carry a maximum weight of 181.2 kilos, the ministry added.
The manufacturer warns that attempting to transport a patient weighing above that could result in him being injured.
“The same practice is enforced in most countries abroad,” the ministry said in a statement.
It said Greece, and Italy have none, England only two, and the US and Australia four.
The ambulance service had recommended bringing the doctor to Larnaca hospital instead but without any further contact a private ambulance was called to transport the man to Nicosia.